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Graphics Card And Hard Drive

System Builder Marathon, Q4 2012: $500 Gaming PC
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Graphics Card: PowerColor AX7850 1GBD5-DH

This affordable Radeon HD 7850 delivers amazing performance in a compact design that requires just one six-pin power connector. As we'd expect, AMD's Pitcairn GPU serves up 1024 ALUs running at 860 MHz, while 1 GB of GDDR5 memory operates at 1200 MHz.

PowerColor’s offering does go a little sparse on connectivity, including one dual-link DVI-I, one HDMI, and one DisplayPort output. And the company's bundle lacks a CrossFire bridge or power adapter. Instead, it comes with one DVI-to-VGA adapter, a driver disc, and a thin manual. But as one of the most affordable Radeon HD 7850s on Newegg, we found this card perfect for budget-minded system builders.

Read Customer Reviews of PowerColor's AX7850 1GBD5-DH


Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKX 320 GB

Western Digital’s 320 GB Caviar Blue drive spins at 7200 RPM and includes a SATA 6Gb/s interface. We also like its 16 MB data cache. For the price, a two-year warranty isn't shabby, either.

 

Read Customer Reviews of Western Digital's Caviar Blue WD3200AAKX 320 GB

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